Today’s FanDuel strategy looks very similar to yesterday. We are still targeting Coors Field, but there’s a wrinkle. The Rockies will face ace Johnny Cueto, making them very difficult to justify for their inflated price points. On the other hand, Cincinnati gets a fantastic draw against left-hander Chris Rusin, who holds a .363 wOBA against right-handed hitters. Target Red righties appropriately, as some of them still maintain reasonable salary levels.
DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH
Brandon Phillips – 2B – CIN (FanDuel Price: $3,200)
Phillips stood atop this section yesterday, and he retains that spot yet again. In fact, he has a better matchup today, looking at a righty/lefty draw against the aforementioned generous splits of Chris Rusin. Throw in a very fair price point and low opportunity cost at second base (Brian Dozier is one of the only other reasonable options), and Phillips checks in as one of the better values of the night.
Marlon Byrd – OF – CIN (FanDuel Price: $3,100)
Byrd came through nicely last night, and he’s looking at a better situation now. He holds a nice .368 wOBA .225 ISO against left-handed pitchers, which displays some great power upside to take advantage of Coors Park. He’s one of the best plays of this slate, considering a reasonable price tag.
Mike Moustakas – 3B – KC (FanDuel Price: $2,700)
This is probably more of a tournament play than anything, as you’ll want to do whatever you need to get some exposure to Todd Frazier at third base. However, Moustakas and the Royals are in a very favorable position against Houston pitcher Scott Feldman. Feldman has displayed several blowup performances this season, and facing this lefty-heavy Kansas City lineup on the road could inspire another.
Also Consider: Eugenio Suarez – SS – CIN
Alcides Escobar – SS – KC (FanDuel Price: $2,500)
Escobar checks in as one of the best shortstop value selections when looking to “punt” the position. He hasn’t done much lately, but a breakout could be in store against the subpar pitching of Scott Feldman. In fact, the Royals could be a sneaky stack in tonight’s game slate.
Miguel Sano – 3B – MIN (FanDuel Price: $2,500)
Third base is absolutely loaded, and like I said before: you’ll want Todd Frazier in cash games. However, if you are looking for a high-upside cheap pick – while stacking all your other positions – Miguel Sano is the guy to target. We all know C.C. Sabathia struggles in the power department against right-handed hitters, and Sano has the strength necessary to exploit that susceptibility.
Lucas Duda – 1B – NYM (FanDuel Price: $2,200)
We aren’t exactly sure what to expect for Dodgers pitcher Zach Lee today, making his major league debut. He has been pretty good in Triple-A this season, but there is an outside chance that he could struggle in the big leagues. If that’s the case, Duda sets up in a nice spot for this minimum price point.
Also Consider: Derek Dietrich – 3B – MIA
Torii Hunter – OF – MIN (FanDuel Price: $2,800)
I absolutely love this pick as a tournament gamble. Hunter has flexed some nice upside from time to time this season, and he may be starting another power surge in this series – started with a homerun last night. Facing left-hander C.C. Sabathia should help his cause.
Chris Young – OF – NYY (FanDuel Price: $2,800)
On the other side of the same game, we have another lefty-masher. Chris Young has been a top five hitter against southpaws this season, and Minnesota pitcher Tommy Milone is coming off a terrible outing at Oakland (3 homeruns allowed). In the event that Milone is regressing to his homerun prone ways, Young will be there to cash in.
Robinson Chirinos – C – TEX (FanDuel Price: $2,600)
Angels pitcher Hector Santiago has greatly improved this season, so be aware that this is an extremely deep tournament risk. However, Santiago is a left-handed tosser with fly-ball tendencies that sometimes translate to homeruns in these hot summer games. Chirinos holds a .218 ISO against lefties, which could inspire some upside. Plus, he’ll likely have a very low ownership percentage.
Also Consider: Justin Bour – 1B – MIA